Monday, February 06, 2006

a farmers market gem

Ask me how I feel about life in Southern California most days, and I'll grumble about urban sprawl, traffic, and the fact that something like 18% of the residents of my county can afford the median-priced home. Don't get me started.

But oh, how I love the fact that I can go to a farmers market in February and experience citrus season in all its glory. Grapefruit, pummelos, Meyer lemons (they're amazing -- sweeter, with an almost floral scent; you don't often find them in grocery stores because they're too delicate), blood oranges, tangerines, all amazing. I'd never experienced anything but supermarket citrus before I moved here.

But yesterday I found something I'd truly never had before: the cherimoya. It tastes like sort of an amalgam of all the good tropical fruits: banana, mango, coconut, pineapple, etc. It looks like this:

And inside, it has sort of a pear-like texture with big black seeds:

Unfortunately, I cut into this one too early. It's not ripe at all. Such is the danger of buying a fruit you know nothing about. Too bad I didn't just Google it first. Oh well -- I won't make the same mistake with the other one I bought, and according to this, they'll be in season in California until May.


Blogger Steve Middleton said...

Looks yummy.
Here in the UK all exotic fruit has to be imported - but kids have come to believe that we can grown oranges, bananas, pineapples & kiwi fruits all year round. Boy are they in for a surprise when they finally venture into the English countryside.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Let us know what it tastes like! (And don't forget to "spit out the big black seeds," as the other website warns.)

9:46 PM  
Blogger tara said...

It tastes almost creamy -- I haven't eaten the ones I bought, but I had a sample at the stand. And the flavor is simultaneously like banana, mango, pineapple, maybe even coconut -- it's like a fruity, umbrella-adorned tropical drink that grows on a tree. :)

That site I linked to has recipes -- this fruit is too interesting to do anything really complicated to, but I'm fascinated by the idea of cherimoya ice cream and sorbet. I'll have to try that when I get an ice cream machine. yum!

12:26 AM  
Blogger lis said...

This fruit is so pretty, I think I would worry about cutting it open.

6:41 AM  

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